This is the most detailed image ever captured of our universe

  • US President Joe Biden presents the first ‘photograph’ captured by the most sophisticated space telescope ever built

  • This Tuesday the first large package of scientific data from this mission will also be presented

No one has ever caught one. image of the universe how is. Following one of the most anticipated launches of the decade, a space odyssey of several months and weeks of calibrating high-precision scientific instruments in zero gravity, the james webb space telescopeat last, has sent to his mother planet the first full-color images that he has captured from the cosmos. The first of them, presented this Monday by the US president Joe Bidenis presented as one of the most detailed portraits ever captured of our universe.

The debut of this first ‘space photograph’ of the Webb take off high. Weeks ago, the space agencies responsible for the mission had indicated that this Tuesday, the 12th of Julywould be published first images captured by the largest and most powerful telescope ever built. This weekend, in a totally unexpected turn of events, the White House announced that the very first image of the Webb would be presented by the President of the United States himself. one day before of which, until now, was the official debut. the premiere of these imagesalmost as if it were a movie, has debuted surrounded by spectacle. In the purest Hollywood style.

The image presented this Monday, then, is just the first of the webb’s crop. This Tuesday, around 4:30 p.m. (Spanish peninsular time), the final delivery from the telescope’s first space portrait package. In total, those responsible for this space instrument explain that the James Webb has portrayed five celestial objects: from nebulae located thousands of light years from our planet, to a gas giant planet located beyond our Solar System and a massive cluster of galaxies so far away that it is only visible through the ‘magnifying glass’ of another galaxy . The publication of prints suppose, in turn, the official launch of scientific observations of this state-of-the-art telescope.

At this Tuesday’s event, the presentation will be in charge of the scientific team responsible for this projectfor example Eric Smith (Webb Program Scientist and Chief Scientist of NASA’s Astrophysics Division), Knicole Columbus (Assistant Webb Project Scientist for the Study of Exoplanets), Rene Doyon (principal investigator of the Canadian Near-Infrared Images of the University of Montreal) and Christopher Evans (European Space Agency Webb project scientist). During this event, not only the publication of new images is planned. Everything points to the fact that the first spectroscopic data captured by the Webb.

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The protagonist of this news, the james webb space telescopetook off on December 25 from the spaceport of Kurú, in French Guiana, heading for a ‘strategic point’ from where to observe the universe. The scientific instrument has had to travel 1.5 million kilometers through space, the equivalent of four times the distance between the Moon and the Earth, until reaching the point known as Lagrange 2. There he has finished deploying his scientific arsenal to study the formation of the first stars, look through the dust space and search for signs of life on other planets.

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“This mission will be a before and after in many aspects. We have never put anything in space that looks at the universe with these eyes“, he explained, just before the Webb took off, Begona Vila, one of the scientists in charge of coordinating the instruments on board the James Webb Space Telescope in an interview with EL PERIÓDICO. “This is like when you’ve spent your whole life taking pictures with a bad camera and suddenlyyou change to a good camera. Even if you take a photo at the same point with both machines, the good camera will bring out details that are not even appreciated in the other“, commented the expert.

After the publication of the first (and spectacular) images captured by this mission, now yes, the james webb officially debuts as the most sensitive and sophisticated space telescope ever launched into space. The promoters of this project estimate that the useful life of this mission is about 10 years. During this time, the instrument will carry out an exhaustive list of tasks scheduled, down to the smallest detail, by scientists from around the world. In the first year of his life, Webb will spend about 25% of your time on exoplanet observation. If all goes according to plan, this mission will target dozens and dozens of celestial bodies to discover what is where, until now, we had not seen anything.